Paddington Sightseeing Adventures Board Game  

Posted on August 6th, 2018 - Fiona

The marmalade eating bear that has captured the nation’s heart is now available as a wonderful family board game from University Games. Paddington sightseeing Adventures see’s our friendly bear take to the streets of London for a grand tour of all the key attractions. It is a wonderful way to get to know our capital city ahead of a family visit and a great way to enjoy some screen free family time over the holidays. Read on to discover how to play and for a chance to win Paddington sightseeing adventures, the board game, for your family to enjoy.  

Paddington Sightseeing Adventures Board Game

The Object of the Game

To be the first Paddington Bear to reach 32 Windsor Gardens, having collected at least 4 selfies from 4 different London attractions along the way. Watch out as things don’t always go according to plan with Paddington, and who knows what might be in the Marmalade mystery cards!


Paddington Sightseeing Adventures Ready to Play

What we liked

The game is fun for all the family and takes a modern look at life with the scrapbook collection of selfies. There are enough twists and challenges to keep things interesting especially with the marmalade cards: we had some laughs over having to “growl like a bear” and “give your best Paddington Stare”.  Take a sneak peak at our game in action in the video below:


Need to Know

RSP £21.99
suitable for  Age 6 upwards
Players Needed 2 – 4

Contents 24 Marmalade mystery cards.

24 Selfie picture cards.

6 London attraction pieces.

4 Paddington Bear playing pieces.

4 My Scrap books.

1 Playing board.

1 Die.

1 rules sheet.

Produced by  University Games
Stockists Amazon, Argos, John Lewis



Win your Paddington Sightseeing Adventures Board Game with Coombe Mill and University Games

For a chance to win this fun family game simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

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We were sent our game for the purpose of this review; it can be borrowed by Coombe Mill guests from our holiday games room. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Get Calypso Sun Protected This Summer

Posted on July 30th, 2018 - Fiona

I think we have all been affected by the heat wave this summer. Like it or loath it, you can’t avoid going out in it and even fast tanning skin can burn in the height of summer. Far from avoid the sun I love it, it makes me happy to be outdoors and see my family out enjoying the summer sun here on the farm or down at the lovely Cornish beaches. However with fair skin I know we need to be careful. When Calypso invited me to try out some of the new products in their range I couldn’t resist. Read on to see how we got on and for your chance to win a Calypso sun protection bundle for your family.

Calypso sun safe protection bundle to win.

Why Calypso Sun?

In a nutshell Calypso offers a wide range of quality sun care products at affordable prices. Think of the specification of the best without the price tag. We put them to the test to see if they really lived up to their word:

The Kids Favourite

Clear Protection continuous spray.

This product is a real gem, especially with older kids and teens who don’t want to ‘look’ like they are bothering with sun cream. Simply spray and go for an even coverage and no visible marks. It really was true to the claims and the number one choice here.

Calypso sun protection Continuous Spray

My Favourite:

Sun-Sea Hair Protection AND Scalp Protection.

These products are great for keeping long hair conditioned at the beach and preventing colour fade. I really felt they made a difference and prevented the straw like feeling that days in the sun can create. Now if they could only stop my roots growing through too!  

Calypso Sun Protection Hair and Scalp

Farmer Nick’s Favourite

Press & Protect Sun Lotion

A bit of a traditionalist, Farmer Nick loved the traditional press and squirt lotion. It is easy to dispense, you can see where you are rubbing it in and has anti aging ingredients, perfect for all the time he spends outdoors on the farm.

Calypso sun protection Press and Protect.

Best for Young Children

Kids Coloured Roll On

For a high Factor 50 protection for younger children the roll on blue range is perfect. Simply roll the ball over the skin and gently rub in the liquid. The clever blue colouring helps you see where you have been but rubs in clear.

Calypso sun protection Kids roll on



Overall we were very impressed with Calypso, so much so we have also been out and bought their insect repellent which, like the rest of the range, is very reasonably priced and perfect for keeping all the farm flies and bugs away from us when we are out on the farm and down by the river.


Win your Calypso Sun protection bundle worth £31.45

For your chance to win these 5 great products and keep your family Calypso sun safe this summer simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.  


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We  were given our 5 products to try out for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Complete Adventures of Curious George

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

You know a children’s book has credibility when the character has lasted for generations. For me the mischievous monkey that is Curious George is one of these characters. He delighted my children when they were growing up being a favourite bed time story. My only complaint was that the hilarious stories had the kids bouncing round and not necessary ready to sleep! That said I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share with you this latest compilation of his adventures from Carlton Kids books. It contains all the original colour illustrations from husband and wife team Hans and Margaret Rey. Read on to discover more and for your chance to Win a copy.


The Complete Adventures of Curious George Book

Seven delightful stories

The book is a collection of seven well known stories of the lovable Monkey. Each one is simple to follow, full of adventure, the remarkable, the unbelievable and yet somehow just possible, at least in the minds of little ones. With happy endings to each adventure the reader is left inspired and wanting more.


Curious George Book

Need to Know

RSP £16.99
Stockists Carlton Kids online, Amazon
Stories within the book Curious George:
  • Takes a Job
  • Rides a bike,
  • Gets a medal
  • Flies a kite
  • Learns the alphabet
  • Goes to Hospital
Book Format Paper back
Size203 x 163mm
PublishedMay 2018
Suitable for

Age 3+



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For your chance to win this classic collection simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


The complete adventures of Curious George



We were sent our copy of The Complete Adventures of Curious George for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our copy is available to borrow by Coombe Mill Guests on holiday from the Library in the Games Room.



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Garden Croquet Set for Summer Days  

Posted on July 16th, 2018 - Fiona

If someone says Croquet to me, I think of elegant garden parties, stately homes, long summer days with Pimms and cream tea. Well Coombe Mill may have the acreage of a stately home but certainly not the manicured lawn. It is however perfectly adequate for a family afternoon of outdoor fun enjoying this quintessentially English game. We are thrilled to have one of the quality Garden Croquet Sets from Big Game Hunters for our guests to enjoy these summer days here on the farm. Read on to discover more about the game, the lovely set on sale from big Game Hunters and how you could win one for your garden or even a community game in your local park.


Garden Croquet Set for Summer Days  

History of the Game

An early version of Croquet is believed to date back to the 14th Century in Northern France. It was played in Ireland before finally coming to England in 1852 where it was an after dinner recreation of the wealthy. The modern version of croquet has only been around for about 100 years and while it still has that aristocratic feel to me, it is very much a game that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Garden Croquet Set from Big Game Hunters

Bringing you right up to the 21st Century, this beautiful Garden set comes in a lovely carry bag with shoulder strap and carry handles, handy as they mallets to play with are weighty and substantial. We were very impressed with the quality of the set, like all the big Game Hunter Garden Range; it is built to last for years of fun. It is easy to assemble, though we did use our own mallet to bang the hoops and winning peg into the ground as we didn’t want to damage the ones for play.


Setting up Garden Croquet Set for Summer Days  


Having set the game up (which takes just minutes) I soon had a family out enjoying the late afternoon sun on the farm take up the offer of a game. The rules take a bit of getting used to but once you grasp the idea it is great fun and quite competitive. There is skill and coordination involved and I can see how practice would really help.  It is ideal for families, though very young children are more of a game hindrance if funny!


Playing Garden Croquet at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


I left the game out for a couple of days and was delighted to see it repeatedly being used. For our set I laminated the double sided rules as I can already see them being referred to time and time again by new visitors.



If we host another summer garden party this year this will definitely be a new feature.  You can make the pitch as challenging or small as you want depending on the size of your garden and competency of the players.  It packs away so perfectly for travelling it would be ideal to take on a day out or family visit.

Need to Know

Retail Price  £73.50
Stockist  Big Game Hunters
  • 4 hardwood croquet mallets
  • 4 light weight wooden balls
  • steel hoops
  • Winning Post and rules
Suitable for Beginners age 5 to Adult
Technical specifications
  • CE Approved
  • 320g/11.5oz (min) 12oz avg Croquet Balls
  • Mallet Dimensions (cm): 78.5cm Long
  • Handle Dimensions (cm): 72cm long, 2.5cm diameter
  • Mallet Head Dimensions (cm): 20.5cm long x 6.5cm diameter
  • Mallet Weight: 875g (avg)
  • Stock code:204


Win your Garden Croquet Set with Coombe Mill and Big Game Hunters

For your change to win this delightful garden croquet set just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


Garden Croquet Set


We were sent our set for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our set is available for Coombe Mill guests to enjoy, just collect from the Boot Room and play.

Eggnogg Colour-In Back Pack and Pencil Case

Posted on July 9th, 2018 - Fiona

We have fallen in love with the creative Eggnogg Colour-in range after having so much use out of our picnic blanket this year. When the chance came along to sample more from the collection I simply couldn’t refuse. Kids will have a wonderful time this summer colouring in the new back pack and pencil case for their new term at school. Read on to find out more and for your chance to win.



Eggnogg Back Pack

Made from durable canvass with easy drawstring these bags are perfect for school PE kits, days out over the summer holidays, carrying a drink and a snack on a walk and so much more. However the real attraction is the colour-in part. The pack comes with 6 bright pens to spot and colour some of the UK’s big landmarks. I was thrilled to See Cornwall right up there with the Cornish pasty and the Eden Project featured! Where ever you live there will be something you have visited, know about or live near. Great ways to remember places visited and plan your next trip while colouring in.

Pencil Case

With the same high quality canvas and iconic UK symbols, a careful hand can add stylish colour to this black and white pencil case canvass. I’d say it would need an older child to make it neat, but any age will enjoy colouring it. What’s more, there is somewhere to store your pens after!



Need to know

· Machine washable at 30 o C, Eggnogg pen inks wash out leaving the fabric clean to colour-in again and again – and no need to worry about getting ink on clothes



· £13.99 Pencil Case

· £19.99 Back Pack


· Every Eggnogg Colour-in fabric box includes a set of 6 colourful fabric pens


Available from Eggnogg online shop

· Designed in the UK, and made from durable, double-shrunk, white cotton canvas


Suitable from Age 4 upwards


Win your Eggnogg Colour-In Back Pack and Pencil Case with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win both of these handy colour-in canvas items just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Eggnogg colour in Backpack and pencil case


We were sent our Eggnogg colour-in back pack and pencil case for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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